Diving In British Columbia

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Diving in British ColumbiaDiving in British Columbia is a great way to discover that the incredible, clean, cool, clear, emerald green waters of the Pacific Ocean contain an incredible variety of marine animal life.

For 2012, Scuba Diving Magazine has again selected British Columbia as the Number 1 Dive Destination in North America.

In their words.....

"Yes, it’s cold, the vis can be limited and tidal currents can rip. But with 17,000 miles of Pacific coastline, British Columbia delivers an impressive dive resume that has consistently placed it at or near the top of this category for the better part of two decades.

Check out our Top 5 lists to see why: B.C. is found on nearly every one, and is No. 1 on the Best Marine Life, Healthiest Marine Environment, Best Macro and Best Wall categories.

From exciting wreck dives and animal encounters with sea lions, harbor seals and wolf eels to gorgeous kelp forests and a plethora of photogenic encrusting invertebrates, B.C.’s rich offerings have deservedly earned Canada’s westernmost province its designation as North America’s Best Destination for Diving."

In fact, Scuba Diver Reader Choice Awards has also previously labeled diving in British Columbia as having some of the Best Fish Life, Best Big Animals to Dive With, Best Dive Destination and the Healthiest Marine Environment in the world.

Get a small taste of scuba diving in British Columbia with these awesome Youtube scuba diving BC videos.

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While you can experience some of our colorful and unique marine life by walking along the shores of our beaches or by visiting the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park near downtown Vancouver, the best way to see it is by scuba diving in British Columbia!

Diving in British ColumbiaDepending on where you usually dive, our water will either feel cool, very cool, or damn cold to you!

But by using a thick (7mm) wet suit or a warm dry suit, your above and below water adventure in British Columbia will be extremely memorable – a scuba diving vacation of a lifetime!

And at Cooldives, we can certainly help you to get your drysuit certification so you are ready for some fantastic diving in this still relatively unknown dive destination.

With a specially trained instructor, divers with disabilities can also earn their scuba diving license and enjoy some amazing diving here in British Columbia.

Click for more reasons about why dive in a drysuit.

Our Emerald green water is clear, beautiful and full of life, and we have hundreds of great dive sites - shore dives, boat dives, wreck dives, reef dives, pinnacle dives, and more.

The water temperature will vary a little depending on the air temperature, the depth of your dive, and the currents, but to try and scuba diving in British Columbia is to love it!

North Wall at Browning Pass near Port Hardy - photo by John Rawlings of ADM magazineYou'll be back soon.

The summer surface water temperature generally ranges from 12 to 18 degrees Celsius (54 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit) and the winter range is from 4 to 8 degrees Celsius (39 to 46 degrees Fahrenheit). No problem!

Once you gather up your courage and gear, hop in the water, and dive below around 10 meters (30 feet), the water temperature remains fairly constant at around 7 degrees Celsius (45 degrees Fahrenheit).

You may notice a bit of a temperature decrease as you head below 70 feet, but once you’re in – you’re in.

Relax, breathe slowly, and enjoy the wonderful underwater sites.

Diving in British ColumbiaLocals and tourists from around the world dive in and around Vancouver, British Columbia year round.

Since the water is cool year round anyways, and the water becomes more clear during fall and winter, try diving and then skiing at any of our world renowned local ski hills or at Whistler.

You can save money and enjoy more dives by planning a winter scuba diving and skiing holiday.

The visibility can be up to 30 meters (100 feet) or more!

Vancouver does get a little wet sometimes. We are part of a temperate rain forest and that is why everywhere is so lush and green.

Unfortunately, the spring run-off and heavy spring rains can sometimes cloud the water.

Diving in British ColumbiaWhen you choose a great dive shop or charter operator, they will know where the best conditions and the best dive sites are.

Check around yourself or check out our links on this site.

In addition to some extra run-off, we are susceptible to periods of plankton growth in some areas.

There can be two blooms – one sometime between March and May, and the other sometime between late August and early October. The blooms can impair the first 10 meters (30 feet) of water so ensure you dive in a clear spot or at least in a deep location.

Again, by choosing a quality dive liveaboard operator, dive shop or charter operator, they will know where the best conditions and the best dive sites are.

Check around yourself or check out the recommended dive operators, local dive shops and scuba diving lodges and resorts listed on our site.

If you would like to learn or dive or upgrade your scuba diving skills, we can also help you arrange group, semi-private or private dive lessons.

For more 'cool water' diving tips, see our other diving in British Columbia tips.

Click to see which dive sites on Vancouver Island have made our list as one of Vancouver Island's Best dive sites.

Basic Facts about scuba diving can be found here.

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